Mark Rasmussen is a seasoned litigator and investigator with more than 15 years of experience representing clients in complex litigation and regulatory matters.
Since 2016, Mark has advised clients on cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and fintech matters, including initial coin offerings (ICOs) and token issuances, money transmitter and virtual currency regulations, and litigation. In 2018, he was appointed by Chief Judge Barbara Lynn, of the Northern District of Texas, to be the first-ever receiver in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action involving an ICO promoter. In addition, Mark is coeditor and coauthor of the book Blockchain for Business Lawyers and is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to blockchain technology.
Mark actively represents clients in bankruptcy litigation, securities and consumer class actions, antitrust matters, derivative investigations, fiduciary duty claims, merger disputes, and contract disputes. In addition, while at a prior firm, he helped win a $22 million jury verdict (plus $5 million in punitive damages) on behalf of a technology start-up company in a trade secret case that received significant publicity. Mark also has substantial experience with internal investigations and regulatory investigations involving the SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and state securities regulators (including the Texas State Securities Board).
Mark is also committed to pro bono service. Some of his matters include obtaining asylum for a monk and green cards for abused women under the Violence Against Women Act. He also helped an Hasidic Jewish inmate challenge prison rules under the First Amendment.